Among the casualties of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that devastated Haiti two years ago this month was Holy Trinity Cathedral in downtown Port-au-Prince. Now, with the support of donors from the U.S. and around the world, construction on a new cathedral is expected to begin this spring.
A recent spate of campus controversies involving professors who made
provocative statements about Muslims shows one of two things: a
decreasing tolerance for inflammatory speech, or how easy it is for
academics to get into trouble. Or perhaps a little bit of both.
A Reformed Church in America minister, fired seven years ago as president of an RCA seminary for presiding over his lesbian daughter's same-sex wedding and defrocked by delegates of the 2005 RCA Annual Synod, started 2012 with his clergy credentials restored.
After Muslim militants bombed a Nigerian church over the Christmas weekend, northern Nigerian Christians say they will fight to defend themselves against a possible religious war in Africa's most populous country.
A Catholic bishop in the Los Angeles archdiocese has resigned after
admitting that he is the father of two children, both now teenagers. The
Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI had accepted the resignation
of Auxiliary Bishop Gabino Zavala, 60, who was born in Mexico and grew
up in Los Angeles.
c. 2012 St. Louis Post-Dispatch
ST. LOUIS (RNS) The director of a leading victims' advocacy group refused to answer some questions or turn over documents in a deposition held Monday (Jan. 2) in a Kansas City, Mo., clergy abuse case.
Good news for Mitt Romney: he won the New Hampshire GOP primary. Bad
news for Romney: evangelicals remain reluctant to support him. Rick
Santorum got 35 more votes than Romney in Iowa although no official
winner was declared because of missing ballots from eight precincts.
c. 2012 Religion News Service
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) A Catholic high school that was the country's last refuge of corporal punishment has ended a legal struggle over control of the school and agreed that the days of paddling are over.
American Episcopalians upset with their denomination's acceptance of
gay and female clergy can now convert to the Roman Catholic Church while
keeping many cherished traditions in a special new U.S. diocese that
was established on New Year's Day by Pope Benedict XVI.
WASHINGTON (ABP) – California pastor Wiley Drake’s three-year legal
battle challenging President Obama’s eligibility received a setback Dec.
22, when the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said he and other
plaintiffs lacked legal standing to file their complaint.
Nairobi, Kenya, January 3 (ENInews)--After the killing of a volunteer refugee peace and security worker and the wounding of another, a Christian relief agency which is responsible for housing and security at the Dadaab refugee complex in northern Kenya said safety measures were being reviewed.
c. 2012 Religion News Service
(RNS) How viable is a political party with the word "atheist" in its name?
Troy Boyle, a corporate legal representative for a finance company, thinks very viable. Last March, he and a friend founded the National Atheist Party, which they believe to be the first American political party organized on the belief that God does not exist.